Saturday, January 5, 2019

Something Coming tomorrow (surprise, surprise), Gripfighting as it applies to JiuJitsu

I don't see gripfighting taught often, and when it is, not taught by guys who've competed much if at all in JiuJitsu. Or, I see wrestling style takedowns taught with little to no thought considering the advantages the Gi and the jacket allow in fending off wrestling style takedowns.

The goal isn't to make someone an Olympic level thrower for JiuJitsu. The goal should be more than to simply apply some wrestling style takedowns against a competitor wearing a Gi.

The goal should be to address the common postures, grips, and lack of gripping restrictions which govern JiuJitsu as well as take into account that in JiuJitsu, at any point in time, after however much energy and time has been consumed....the opponent can just sit down or proactively sit to guard.

When you watch Olympic Judo or Wrestling, you're watching a hyper aggressive, spectator friendly sport in terms of pace and penalties to force action and aggression. When you tune into JiuJitsu, what you're seeing is a sport where a competitor doesn't even have to fight for a takedown, can adopt any manner of defensive postures or stalling grips for control, and run down clock time and even at times flee the boundary and reset and disengage. All of the above being clarified, now we can go forth and adopt what will work, what we can expect, and what we can attempt to ingrain in our games to anticipate the likely defensive postures and grips utilized by other competitors.

I came up playing Judo under what has been retroactively termed Freestyle Judo because of all the techniques no longer allowed that were allowed when I was competing and the further limiting of gripfighting and time constraints on attacking with certain grips.

Everything from using 2 hands to strip 1 grip, locking the hands around the waist, even touching the legs with your elbow down to your hand, gripping the belt or a cross grip for more than an IMMEDIATE attack, are all disallowed in Judo currently.

A lot of this was allowed and so were the many alternate forms of gripping that exist outside of simply sleeve and lapel traditional grips. IN addition, in JiuJitsu, you have flying submissions, standing armlocks allowed, wrist locks, allowed, and in NoGi the addition of flying leg scissor takedowns in most legit Advanced divisions. So....tomorrow, you'll see something of note that addresses this market inefficiency in this phase of the Gi game.

I already post a fair amount of gripping analysis, and gripfighting pieces on my Instagram, so follow me there as well: @zegrapplez

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